AICPA’s Financial Reporting Executive Committee Seeks Feedback on Insurance Entities Working Drafts: Targeted Improvements to Long-Duration Contracts

June 2, 2021

NEW YORK (May 26, 2021) – The American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) has issued four working drafts of accounting papers for Insurance Entities and is requesting feedback. The drafts are related to the implementation of FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2018-12, Targeted Improvements to the Accounting for Long-Duration Contracts.

The FASB accounting standard on Long-Duration Contracts makes targeted improvements to the existing recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure requirements for long-duration contracts issued by an insurance company. FinREC and the AICPA Insurance Expert Panel will continue to develop working drafts on accounting implementation issues that have been identified for the new standard.

The working drafts for implementation of FASB ASU 2018-12 are available at:

1.       Issue #3: Market Risk Benefits – Scope

2.       Issue #4D: Market risk benefits – Retrospective adoption of market risk benefits guidance and the effect on purchase accounting

3.       Issue #6: Use of Discount Rates or Yield Curve for interest accretion on Insurance Liabilities under ASU 2018-12

4.       Issue #16: Level of Aggregation for the Measurement of the Liability for Future Policy Benefits

Final issues for the project will be included in the Audit and Accounting Guide: Life and Health Insurance Entities.

The AICPA is seeking feedback from preparers of financial statements, practitioners, and other interested parties. Please submit informal feedback to by July 29, 2021.

About the Financial Reporting Executive Committee

The Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) is the senior committee of the Institute for financial reporting. It is authorized to make public statements on behalf of the Institute on financial reporting matters without the clearance of either the Council or the board of directors of the Institute and to clear statements of other committees that include references to financial reporting positions. The mission of FinREC is to determine the Institute's technical policies regarding financial reporting standards and to be the Institute's spokes body on those matters, with the ultimate purpose of serving the public interest by improving financial reporting.

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